A Brief History of Helen of Troy Mark Schultz’s play about a teenage girl’s quest for beauty.
An Evening with Sutton Foster The actress performs Broadway hits to inaugurate the new Broadway Playhouse.
Obscura: A Voyeuristic Love Story In a closely monitored apartment building, a man invents a story to win his neighbor’s heart.
The Trip Four longtime friends go on a road trip.
Wiggerlover James Anthony Zoccoli recalls growing up as a white kid with a black stepfather.
Disgrace Blank Line Collective presents the Chicago premiere of this John O’Keefe play about three women fallen from grace.
7 Sexy Sins Tour The Flaming Dames burlesque troupe bring the seven deadly sins to life.
Company Griffin Theatre Company presents the musical about a bachelor whose friends are all getting married.
A Delicate Balance Edward Albee’s Pulitzer-winning play about hell in suburbia.
The Franklin Expedition Live music, movement, and clowning help tell the story of artic explorer Sir John Franklin.
Seven Snakes An apocalyptic western set 30 years in the future, presented by the Chicago Mammals.
Splatter Theater The Annoyance’s 23rd annual performance of their gore-filled horror movie parody.
The Spirit Play The Strange Tree Group explores the turn-of-the-century American fascination with ghosts. Part of the Studio Theater Incubator Series.
The Lion King A limited return engagment of the Disney hit.
Ghostbox InFusion Theatre Company presents Randall Colburn’s video-infused supernatural thriller.
At Home at the Zoo See Best Bet.
Doo Lister’s Blues A revised version of Terry Abrahamson’s story about the creative evolution of a black barber/songwriter in 1960s Chicago.
Dracula: A Tragedy Mark Mason’s adaptation of the Bram Stoker classic.
Kill the Old, Torture Their Young A lauded documentary filmmaker returns to his hometown to make a film about it.
Leaves of Grass Selections from Walt Whitman’s masterpiece, chanted by a nude chorus.
The Merchants of Bollywood The hit musical about a family of prominent Indian filmmakers and choreographers makes its North American debut.
Burlesque Goes Hollywood Presented by High Voltage Burlesque.
Empire (Art & Politics) See Superamas Best Bet.
Salem! The Musical A campy retelling of the witch hunts.
I Do! I Do! Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt’s musical follows a couple’s relationship over 50 years.
1985 Da Bears take on new meaning in an Orwellian Chicago. Presented by Factory Theater.
El Gallo: Opera for Actors This experimental work by Teatro de Ciertos Habitantes features a score by British composer Paul Barker. Performed live by Chicago’s Maverick Ensemble.
The Madness of Edgar Allan Poe: A Love Story First Folio Theatre re-creates Poe’s macabre tales and explores their inspiration in historic Mayslake Hall.
Scorched Silk Road Theatre Project presents Wajdi Mouawad’s story of a brother and sister who return to Lebanon to search for their long-lost father and brother.
Too Much Memory Sinnerman Ensemble performs a contemporary version of Antigone.
What’s to Fear? A one-act musical comedy by Time of Your Life Players.
Bash Three short plays by Neil LaBute explore the dark secrets of ordinary people. Performed by Brikenbrak Theatre Project.
Dracula Oak Park Festival Theatre presents storyteller Megan Wells’s annual narration of Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde Moises Kaufman’s play about the famous wit’s sodomy trials. Black Elephant Theatre’s inaugural production.
McMeekin Finds Out The Route 66 Theatre Company premieres Scott T. Barsotti’s new comedy about a dysfunctional family living in Pittsburgh.
Musical of the Living Dead The Cowardly Scarecrow Theatre Company presents a parody of classic zombie films.
The Rip Nelson Halloween Spooktacular An actor’s career hits rock bottom when his network forces him to host a lame Halloween special. Presented by Hell in a Handbag Productions.
State of the Union This 1946 political comedy follows a fictional presidential candidate and his wife under the media microscope.
Boobs and Goombas: A Super Mario Burlesque Mario and Luigi pursue Princess Peach.
Les Six and Pearl Pistol Performance by six Chicago burlesque artists.
2nd Story Seredipity Theatre Collective’s performance event featuring storytelling, wine, and music.
Blood Wedding Lorca’s tale of a bride who runs away with the son of an enemy family.
Hip Hop-era! Conductor Francesco Milioto and the New Millennium Orchestra explore the intersection between popular music and classical opera in this Harris Theatre Family Series performance.
Michelle L’Amour’s Big Sexy Show A burlesque performance featuring vaudeville, acrobatics, and illusions in addition to sexy dance numbers.
Rachel Corn and the Mystery of Cabin 13 Corn Productions’ mystery series for kids takes a ghostly turn.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof The Tennessee Williams classic.
Sweet Bird of Youth Tennessee Williams’s play about a boy from the wrong side of the tracks who courts the daughter of a wealthy and corrupt politician.
To Kill a Mockingbird Steppenwolf for Young Adults presents an adaptation of the novel.
Madame Barker’s Halloween Variety Show Madame Barker (Molly Brennan) hosts her own funeral, complete with magicians, clowns, sideshows, and burlesque dancers.
Proof Chicago Fusion Theatre performs David Auburn’s play about a daughter’s struggle to deal with the legacy of her math genius father.
Me Too, I Am Catherine Deneuve A family drama occurs when each member suffers an identity crisis.
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers A bride tries to tame her new husband’s brothers in this musical.
Shakespeare’s Roses A restless, middle-aged Shakespeare reflects on his life in this one-act by Dan Decker.
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type Lifeline Theatre Kidseries’ musical adaptation of the children’s book.
The Flowers Adam Bock’s play about a star-crossed gay couple, premiering as About Face Theatre’s XYZ Festival headliner.
The Other Cinderella The familiar fairy tale gets an Afrocentric twist.
The Seagull The Chekhov classic, directed by Robert Falls.
Three Sisters Sarah Ruhl’s adaptation of the Chekhov play.
26 Miles A mother and daughter take a cross-country road trip in this coproduction by Teatro Vista and Rivendell Theater Ensemble.
Carpenters Halloween The Scooty & JoJo Show presents annual run of their campy musical tribute to John Carpenter’s slasher flick.
Peter Pan Amanda Dehnert directs her adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s coming-of-age classic for Lookingglass Theatre Company.
K. The Hypocrites perform an adaptation of Kafka’s The Trial, written and directed by Greg Allen.
Cash on Delivery The Saint Sebastian Players present a comedy about swindling the government.
Choose Thine Own Adventure Filament Theatre Ensemble member Allison Powell draws on Shakespeare and audience input to create an all-new play.
The Four of Us Professional jealousy threatens a longtime friendship.
Chicago City Creatives present A.R. Gurney’s epistolary play.
Strangerland Performed by the Sideshow Theatre Company as part of the Studio Theater Incubator Series.
Dream of a Common Language Prologue Theatre performs Heather McDonald’s play about the women barred from the planning of the first impressionist exhibition.
Traces Seven performers use acrobatics to tell their life stories.
The Sixth Annual First Look Repertory of New Work Three productions accompanied by a series of readings, lectures, and events around the development of new work.
To Master the Art Julia and Paul Child go to Paris in the 1950s.
And a Child Shall Lead Adventure Stage Chicago presents a Holocaust drama for children.
Departure Lounge Marooned in an airport, new high school grads review their lives. Bailiwick Chicago stages Dougal Irvine’s musical.
Devilish Children and the Civilizing Process See Best Bet.
The War Plays The Strange Tree Group presents an exploration of what it means to fall in love when the world is falling apart.
Kid Sister Will Kern’s “dime novel in two acts.”
The Hundred Dresses Chicago Children’s Theatre’s musical about a young girl who struggles to fit in.
Comme Toujours Here I Stand A metatheatrical play about adapting the French New Wave classic Cleo From 5 to 7.
Halfshut Actor, character, and audience blur in this look at life as a twentysomething.
The Piano Teacher Lisa Portes directs Julia Cho’s play about a sweet old lady who unearths a dark past.
Kennedy’s Children Promethean Theatre’s show about people shaped by John Kennedy’s assassination.
Perel, Romero, and Granite Three performance artists challenge gender norms.
Aftermath A musical look at the rise and fall of the Rolling Stones’s Brian Jones.
Miracle on 34th Street Porchlight Music Theatre performs an adaptation of the classic film.
Travels With My Aunt Mr. Pulling takes a trip in this Writers’ Theatre show.
Calisthenics for Shrapnel Artists and audiences “work out” issues of race, class, and gender in a series of poetry slams.
A Civil War Christmas: An American Musical Celebration A fugitive slave crosses paths with Mary Todd Lincoln.
Float This entry in About Face Theater’s XYZ Festival focuses on the bonds between six women in a small midwestern town.
Home The story of a South Carolina farmer’s struggles during the 1960s and ’70s.
The Nutcracker This House Theatre of Chicago version features a score by Kevin O’Donnell.
Brainpeople A chiller by Jose Rivera.
The Illiad Adapted by Craig Wright for the the A Red Orchid Youth Ensemble.
Robin Hood: A Holiday Panto Piccolo Theatre's family-oriented panto takes the original Robin Hood story and runs with it.
Boojum! Nonsense, Truth, and Lewis Carroll Caffeine Theatre and Chicago Opera Vanguard collaborate in the U.S. premiere of this hit Australian musical.
The Weaver’s Tale: Of the Fearless Boy and the Loveless Girl Fifth House Ensemble’s multimedia version of a fairy tale.
Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune A short-order cook falls in love with a waitress in this play by Terrence McNally.
The Wizard of Oz Kid-friendly production by Emerald City Theatre.
A Christmas Carol The holiday classic.
Berwyn Avenue Cynthia Von Orthal’s puppet show for grown-ups about two families “bowling, boozing,” and barbecuing in 1971 Chicago.
Sanders Family Christmas This sequel to the downhome musical Smoke on the Mountain is set on a Christmas Eve during World War II.
The Importance of Being Earnest Remy Bumppo Theatre Company presents Oscar Wilde’s comedy.
It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play Frank Capra’s classic film reimagined as an old-time radio show.
The Last Night of Ballyhoo Project 891 Theatre Company presents Alfred Uhry’s comic drama.
Muerte del Maestro Ambitious matadors clash in Joshua Mikel’s play, staged by Tympanic Theatre Company.
Listings compiled by Robin Peterson and Tony Adler
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